Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

We are in an interesting time here at City Hall. We have a new Mayor who has been in that role for several weeks and, a few weeks from now, we will know who will sit in that seat come November 28. Interesting and, at times, challenging. But, being the eternal optimist that I am, it has also been an opportunity.

As we prepare for the upcoming transition, we are gathering material, writing papers, and providing information that talks about our work - what we do, how we do it, why we do it and, most importantly, why this work matters. And it does. Each and every day.

Outreach and engagement is hard. It is difficult. It is exhausting. But it is also needed and important. I often say outreach shouldn’t be an afterthought, it should be THE thought. Communities are resourceful and one of our most valuable resources. I believe that and I am surrounded by a team that believes that. As I review our report for the transition, I am grateful and humbled by the work that is underway and the people who bring the mission to life. They are the HOW and they understand the WHY.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - transforming the way our City talks with, listens to, and works with communities.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

10 Ways to Prepare for This Week’s Stormy Conditions Take action by creating a plan for you, your family, and your property. (more)

2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department. (more)

Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now, Due Oct. 30 This initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to thrive. (more)

Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network Services Now Available These services provide legal aid and information to vulnerable immigrants and refugees. (more)

New Citizen Clinic on October 21 A team of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters will help you with your N-400 citizenship application. It's FREE for all eligible legal permanent residents (green card holders). (more)

Green Seattle Day is November 4 Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout The Emerald City. All community members are welcome! (more)

Mini Grants to Help Your Mini-Me(s) Get to School Safely
Seattle Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups.(more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Nominations for Annual Denny Awards The Denny Awards honor extraordinary volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (more)

Council Approves Changes to Design Review Program The changes will improve the overall function of the program by enhancing the efficiency and predictability of project reviews, improving dialogue among project stakeholders, and making the program more transparent and accessible. (more)

City Announces Two New Sites for Existing Sanctioned Encampments The City of Seattle’s Homelessness Emergency Response team recently announced new locations for the Ballard and Interbay permitted encampments. (more)

Engaging Aging - Women's Equity Forum on November 6 Equity topics include economic security, the intersection of ageism, racism, and sexism, caregiving, home ownership, employment, women's health, and more. (more)


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

  • Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Learn More)
  • Puget Sound Regional Council's Draft Centers Framework Proposal (Learn More)
  • Seattle Resilience Survey (Learn More)

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Long Term Lane Closure on 4th Ave S Seattle Department of Transportation is closing the northbound right lane of 4th Ave S over the Argo bridge (just north of S Dawson St to just south of Costco) for possibly up to twelve months. (more)

Seattle Park District Greenways Initiatives Provides Improved Routes for Rainier Beach Community Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation invite the community to celebrate the connection improvements in Rainier Beach on Sat. Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4525 S. Cloverdale St. (more)

West Seattle Community Access and Parking Questionnaire Provide your feedback by October 31. (more)

Community Invited to “First Look” at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands 
The Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Tilth Alliance, Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation are happy to invite the community to the celebration for the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands on Saturday, October 21. (more)

Shared Vision for Duwamish Waterway Park 
Seattle Parks & Recreation, King County, and Seattle Parks Foundation are all committed to developing Duwamish Waterway Park into a park space for the South Park and greater Seattle community. (more)


  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: October 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Beacon Food Forest Community Work Party: October 21, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Fall Duwamish Alive: October 21, 10am-2pm (more)
  • A Talk About Bees and Their Importance to Our Ecosystems at Hillman City P-Patch: October 24, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: October 25, 7pm (more)
  • Georgetown Mobility Study and Duwamish Valley Program Community Thank You: October 25, 6:30pm (more)
  • South Roxbury Street Community Tree Planting: October 28, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Gatewood Tree Walk: October 28, 10-11:30am (more)
  • Judkins Park Station Access Study Final Workshop: November 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • South Park Resource Fair: November 4, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Longfellow Creek Celebration: November 5, 1-4pm (more)
  • Know the Code - Understanding Seattle's Rental Regulations: November 6, 1pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the White Garage for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on November 1 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Seattle Center Arena Design Open House on Saturday, Oct. 28 Join Oak View Group for the Seattle Center Arena Design Open House to learn about the future of KeyArena and be part of the design process. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Bonney-Watson Funeral Home for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on December 6 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One Concept Design Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One is the first phase of a multi-year effort to improve the pedestrian experience along Pike and Pine streets from First to Melrose avenues. View concept designs and share your feedback at this online open house. (more)

  • Fall Festival in Occidental Square: October 21, 11am-3pm (more)
  • North Downtown Mobility Access Plan Kick-off: October 23, 5pm (more)
  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: October 23, 5:30pm (more)
  • #BELLTOWNHALL: October 25, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Center Arena Design Open House: October 28, 10am-2pm (more)
  • HILLOWEEN on Capitol Hill: October 28, 12-6pm (more)
  • Swedish First Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: November 1, 5:30pm (more)
  • Judkins Park Station Access Study Final Workshop: November 2, 5:30pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Construction Begins at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center to Improve Accessibility The work includes accessible parking improvements, upgrades to the bathrooms, kitchen, multipurpose room as well as site paving around the community center, play area, park, and garden. (more)

Pedestrian Improvements Planned For Pinehurst Neighborhood 
Late 2017/early 2018 Seattle Department of Transportation will be making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. (more)

Laurelhurst Park Redwood Tree Planting This fall Seattle Parks and Recreation will be planting ten redwood trees in the northwest corner of Laurelhurst Playfield. (more)

  • Carkeek Park Salmon Steward Training 2017: October 21, 9:30am-3pm (more)
  • Pinehurst Pocket Park Planting Party: October 21, 10am (more)
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit Class: October 21, 1pm (more)
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment / ADU EIS Scoping Open House: October 26, 6pm (more)
  • Jane Addams Middle School Community Potluck and Landscape Design Planning Meeting: October 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • Ballard Community Open House: November 6, 6-7pm (more)
  • City Light NW Seattle Property Disposition Community Information Meeting: November 6, 7pm (more)

Header image: Participants from Neighborhood Chalk Art Project & Workshop - a Neighborhood Matching Fund project (photo by Adrian Sims)
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